Thursday, December 29, 2011

2012 Word and Life Plan

I have become obsessed with Nerd Fitness.  While I'm new to the Rebellion, I love what I have gotten from it so far.  I could never and would never choose to live like Steve, but I love his philosophy.  Basically, quit making excuses.  Figure out what you want from your life and figure out what you need to do to get there.  Quit wasting time on things that will not help you "level up" your life.  The tricky part is that no one can make your levels but you.  You have to figure it out.  And that's what I have been working on for the last several days.

I still don't know what the highest level of Beth Ann would be.  That is going to take a little more thought and preparation.  But this is what I have so far. 
  • I want to be a good person (friend/sister/daughter/aunt/etc.) and to be known as such.
  • I want peace in my life.
  • I love my job and my company and I want to be the best asset I can be.
  • I want to be "put together" and organized.
  • I want to be physically fit and continue to push my body.
  • I want to wear a smaller size.
  • I want to fill my time with more true hobbies and less mindless TV.
These things are what helped me shape my 2012 life plan.  And from that, I got my 2012 Word: 


To me, to live means to experience all things and not let life just pass me by.  I want to see everything my body can do.  I want to enjoy my life.  I want to give joy to others.  I don't want to waste my time.  I want to live every moment to its fullest. 

I chose not to make any true weight loss goals, although my Leap to Goal is still in effect.  My focus is turning from the scale to how I look.  I'm not abandoning the scale yet because it still helps me stay on track.  But it is no longer the "end all, be all" of my master plan.

I have broken up my 2012 life plan into six parts:
  • Fitness
  • Diet
  • Hobbies
  • Organization
  • Work
  • Peaceful Living

In 2010, I worked out 170 times and in 2011, I worked out 251 times.  This is the 2012 plan:

   Minimum       Goal    Stretch


My plan is to continue to work to stay in my calorie range and make healthy choices.  I'm sure that during the year, I will have "super focus" times where I log food or do other things to help myself get or stay on track.  But the overall goal is to do what is necessary to stay on top of a healthy diet.


I watch too much TV.  My plan is to focus more time on hobbies, specifically reading and playing the piano.  My goals for 2012 are to read one book per month and to devote 30 minutes per week to playing the piano.


I'm a clutterer and I'm tired of it.  I have broken up my 2 bedroom apartment into 60 mini areas (i.e. the dresser is one, under the bed containers is another, the bathroom drawers are another...).  My goal is to touch/organize/declutter each area once a quarter.  The hope would be that everything gets overhauled in the first quarter, then it won't be so hard to keep up. 

It breaks down to doing 5 things each month.  With as small areas as I have broken down, this should not be an issue.  I will make it a goal each Tuesday to do 1-2 areas.  (Yes, I have a spreadsheet.)


I won't write out my work goals here, but the take away is that work will be more of a focus for me this year.  I worked hard in 2011, but it was a little more of just doing things that had been put into place and not really forging my own path which is more my norm.  2012 will be getting back to figuring out better ways to get things done.

Peaceful Living

Most things here are intangible.  I plan to give to any charitable situation provided I believe in it and it is under $5 absolutely any time I am asked and most times when the request is under $20.  (This is a repeat from 2011 and I thought it was a good one.)

Rein in my judgements.  I do not walk in other people's shoes.  Therefore I do not know what has led up to their decision making, nor do I understand why they might be in a certain mood.  Have patience.  Remember that being happy is so much more important than being "right."  I DO NOT know better than everyone else.

Go to church whenever possible.  Continue as a Eucharistic Minister.  Truly listen to the scriptures and homilies.

Remember that it is better to give than receive.

Slow down.  Nothing good comes from rushing.  Unless I'm in a 5K.

Present myself every day in a way that makes me feel good. 

Make decisions during the day that will allow me to sleep well at night.

No one likes a know-it-all.  I don't need to have all the answers.

Be more affectionate.

Open my heart and know that I am worth loving.  AND I'm worth waiting for the right person for me to love.


Well, that is my grand plan.  I will check in with you all at the end of March to let you know how I'm doing.

I plan to ring in the new year looking at Adam Levine.  Woohoo!  I hope that you all are able to start the new year off spending time with those you love most.  I will be back on January 3rd (after CrossFitting!) to tell you how I have stayed on track for 5 whole hours.  :) 

I look forward to my best year ever.  Olympics, my 20th high school reunion, & BOOBs 3.0...what more could I ask for?



FitBy40 said...

WOW. You gave me chills. I can't believe the 'word' connection between you and I! All I can say is WOW.
I'm particularly touched by your insight on judgement. I have been doing a lot of trying to squash that in our home as well. I often hear myself saying "that's not our kid" or "Not our business".
You've got some amazing goals there my friend!

The Cozy (not crazy) Coconut said...

Wow - such a thoughtful and well written post. Its inspiring to see how much you've so carefully thought through and detailed such specific steps that you plan to take. I need to do this! Thank you also for taking the time to leave me a comment on my blog! You are so kind! I also saw your new picture - from Nov 11 - holy cow - you look amazing. Such a tiny waist! All your hard work has certainly paid off! I've missed reading your blog and look forward to reading all that I've missed. You DO have it all together - you just don't realize it yet. :)

Vanessa said...

Thanks for introducing me to to Nerd Fitness! Great post! I may steal your format for my 2012 post. I'm still mulling over my goals....
Love that you chose Live as your word and have peaceful living in the line up!

♫ Drazil ♪ said...

FREAKING AWESOME!! I am a spreadsheet freak and I love that you have this all mapped out. LOVE it all. So perfect. Um - but you forgot a go back to BOOBS 3.0!!

Cat said...

Woo! Cannot wait to look into Nerd Fitness. I love your plan for 2012 and I look forward to coming up with my own plan for the New Year this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration Hero!

Sandy Lee said...

Great post. I truly believe the de-cluttering can be a new lease on life. It starts with just 10 minutes at a time. Good luck. You will see the rest of your life de-clutter too. I now only buy "stuff" if I have an empty place to put it or get rid of something. Still a few boxes in the basement. It still amazes me how it collects over the year. My word for 2012 is Shine. I want to live life to the fullest and this is our year.

Cece said...

Great post ! 2011 was the year of organization for me and it really has freed up time and energy. You hit on what I think my 2012 word will be: slow down (which I realize is two words) but I think I just want to slow down :) Welcome home - jealous of your time with your family !

speck said...

This is so good I'm going to read it again! Thank you for inspiring me.

I wish you all those things in 2012!

Thanks for sharing.

Back to read again! And I mean that.


Andrea said...

Amazing! This is so good!

Ronnie said...

Love this, such fantastic goals. I could never put mine into words so eloquently. :)

I know you're going to get or do everything you wish for!